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Nursing Professional Development

The mission of Nursing Professional Development Center is to design and implement high quality programs of professional development in which nurses engage to acquire and maintain competence, enhance professional nursing practice, and support the achievement of personal career goals. 

The Nursing Professional Development Center  offers the following to all health care professionals working at Children’s of Alabama:

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses
  • Nursing Service Orientation
  • Transition to Practice (TIP) – newly hired/new graduate nurses
  • Education support / consults
  • Pediatric continuing education programs
  • Audiovisual equipment inclusive of mannequins
  • Coordination of clinicals for schools of nursing
  • Online resources, including Ovid and EBSCO

Children’s of Alabama is an Alabama Board of Nursing Provider for continuing nursing education.

Department location:
Children’s Harbor Building
Bradley Lecture Center, 4th floor, Suite 410

Contact Information

Nursing Professional Development
1600 6th Aveune South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Telephone: 205-638-9127
Fax: 205-638-6066
Email: nursing.education@childrensal.org
Hours of operation: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Director
Alyssa Cooper, MSN, RN-CPN
Phone: 205-638-6113

Administrative Support
Tera Stallworth, MHA, BS
Professional Development Associate
Phone: 205-638-9127

Barbara Wilhite
Phone: 205-638-6246

Elsie Anwah, DNP, MSN, RN, CRNP-AC (BLS, PALS Coordinator)
Phone: 205-638-9407

Jennifer Childress, PhD, RN, CPEN (Coordinator for Nursing Service Orientation and Transition into Practice Program)
Phone: 205-638-7738

Debra Stewart, MSN, RN (CA orientation, Schools of Nursing)
Phone: 205-638-9909

Nursing Policy and Procedure Coordinator
Ann Bentley, BSN, RN, CPN
Phone: 205-638-6941

Simulation Center Staff

Sara Ewert, CRNP
Phone: 205-638-7301

Carrie Norwood, BSN, RN, CPN
Phone: 205-638-6407

Kandi Wise, BSN, RN
Phone: 205-638-6151